8 Responses

  1. L3
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    “Call it a setback for transportation innovation.”

    Innovation? !! Trains are old tech. This would be innovative it is introduced a hyperloop between Sepang and Changi with the KL and Singapore downtowns incorporated into the route.

  2. L3
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    ” Pretending that HSR is not an innovation in the rail or transportation space is myopic.”
    No need to pretend. The reason that a dozen or more counties have the technology is because it is state of the ordinary.
    It IS bad for the environment of course. The pollution building a so-called HSR is never offset by any later savings in pollutants. But you knew that because you read the EU report, right?

  3. Paul
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    I’d say it’s a wise move for Malaysia to stay away from this project. At least hold off the construction until they can afford it. Any debt involved with the communist government in China rarely benefits the general public. I’m glad people there are finally realize how influential China has been in the region. It’s time to tay away and say NO!

  4. DavidB
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    No reason for the country to take on billions in debt for something that will never pay its way operationally while private companies (the airlines) are doing no the job just fine. There are many other ways for an emerging country to spend its infrastructure money on. And there’s also private bus companies plying the route for those who can’t afford flying.

  5. L3
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    @Paul: You are right. The encumbrances that both Asian and African countries have found in China bearing ‘easy’ credit are a lesson to stay away from it .